CKD Galbraith has appointed Iain Russell as chairman as the property consultant marks its continued expansion in Scotland with the opening of a new office in Aberdeen.

Mr Russell, head of the firm's rural business division, will work closely with Tim Kirkwood, who has been re-elected chief executive by the partners of the firm.

CKD Galbraith, which employs more than 225 people across 14 offices in Scotland, said its new north-east office will focus on high-quality residential sales, farm and estate management and valuation.

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Mr Russell succeeds James Galbraith, who had been chairman since the firm was formed by the merger of CKD Finlayson Hughes and Cluttons (Scotland) 11 years ago.